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Friday, October 25, 2013

David Eckstein filmed a very inside baseball ad for the fake law firm from Parks And Recreation


Last week’s episode of Parks honored that tradition with a rather brilliant passing nod to the baseball commentary Schur and Yang became known for outside their comedy writing. The law firm that Ben takes Ron Swanson to in order to prepare an actual will is named for the sabermetric instruments BABIP, PECOTA, and VORP, as well as the scrappy, statistics-defying career of David Eckstein. Now Eckstein has committed to the joke, filming a Bob Loblaw-esque commercial for the firm. And he’s got a message for any doubters crying for empirical measurements of the firm’s success like number of cases won: “Well I have a number for you: four. It’s the number of chambers in the best law book money can buy: my heart.” Excuse us while we prep a spec script on a minor league baseball team near Pawnee.

Edit: Embed added. Jim.

Repoz Posted: October 25, 2013 at 04:24 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: October 25, 2013 at 05:01 PM (#4583716)
   2. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: October 25, 2013 at 05:06 PM (#4583721)
I love the way he pronounces BABIP.
   3. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 25, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4583723)
Eckstein 1, Everyone Else 0.
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: October 25, 2013 at 05:43 PM (#4583753)
I was confused at first about why he had a diploma from my (and Casey Kotchman's) high school but per BB-Ref I see that it's just a different one. It also produced both of the Tim Raines's and recent Angels catcher Bobby Wilson...who apparently also went to my Seminole High at some point, likely while I was there. Weird.
   5. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 25, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4583777)
The "regressing" and "better than the guy last year" bits were excellent.
Maybe a bit TOO much like Bob Loblaw (with the book closing) but legitimately well done.
   6. Monty Posted: October 25, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4583789)
"Gritty, scrappital punishment." Very nice.
   7. puck Posted: October 26, 2013 at 12:40 AM (#4583868)
That was great. Why did he retire? His last season seems indistinguishable from a bunch that came before it.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: October 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM (#4583872)
That was great. Why did he retire? His last season seems indistinguishable from a bunch that came before it

He never really retired. He got some feelers in 2012, but said he was looking for the right situation. It didn't materialize.

He likely could have gotten at least a minor league camp invite last year. But he moved on to managing his wife's acting career instead.
   9. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: October 26, 2013 at 01:38 AM (#4583877)
Man. I loved him on the Angels. I'm totally going to get my 2002 DVD's out tonight.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: October 26, 2013 at 02:08 AM (#4583883)
I remember when David Eckstein was, briefly, a stathead darling. He had Jackie Rexrodian OBPs in the minors.
   11. JE (Jason) Posted: October 26, 2013 at 08:00 AM (#4583899)
What's the deal with that hair?
   12. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: October 26, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4583901)
I think he is trying to channel this guy

The combover in this picture doesn't look nearly as egregious as in the Elk and Elk commercials we see in Ohio.
   13. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 26, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4583904)
An excellent fake ad from the best fictional city since the Springfield of classic Simpsons episodes. Parks and Rec is reliably funny and it's nice to have an excellent sincere comedy in a world of sarcasm and snark.
   14. catomi01 Posted: October 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4583949)
Eckstein kind of became a reverse Jeremy Brown....the snark over how much the traditionalists valued his grit and hustle kind of obscure the fact that he was a pretty useful player for most of his career.

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